Why I Wrote Anger and Stress Management God’s Way

Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack

Anger! Stress! These are two words that are used frequently in the course of our daily lives. They are so commonly used because they describe a very common phenomenon. Who of us has not been on the giving and receiving end of anger? Unfortunately, the same is true of stress. We all know people, or perhaps we are the people, who have been “stressed out.” Whether it’s anger or stress, we are all too familiar with the experience. Who of us has never observed or even been a participant in the devastating consequences of either of these two destroyers? Continue reading

Getting Help Is Different Than Venting

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

You may have heard a counselee or friend say, “I just need to get this off my chest!” or “I need to talk to someone or I am going to explode!” These sentiments are common as people struggle and find some relief in expressing their pain. Without a doubt, a compassionate Christian should be ready to listen to another struggling believer. No one can provide help without having a loving, listening attitude. However, we should consider moving from offering mere emotional relief through passive listening to providing actual help through loving instruction. There are some biblical reasons why merely venting is not enough and is even harmful. Consider three important truths to teach your counselee who believes that getting help is equivalent to finding someone to listen to their venting. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 027 – Kim Kira

The BCC

The BCC

This week Curtis interview’s Kim Kira the primary teaching Elder at Lighthouse Community Church in Torrence, CA. Lighthouse has a unique ministry because it is comprised of a predominantly multi-Asian congregation. Pastor Kira shares the blessings and challenges that face a church of this kind. He also gives some practical insights into counseling person’s of various Asian cultures. We also get to learn about what the Lord is doing in the biblical counseling movement in Japan. Continue reading

Review of Bob Kellemen’s Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

In Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life, Kellemen uses the historic spiritual care framework (two themes and four tasks) as a guide to the theology and practice of Luther the counselor. The result? Pastoral golden nuggets! Far too many to mention in a short review. So in the limited space that I have, I will share one particular insight that really struck me and then one question I was left with afterwards. Continue reading

A Fresh Take on Idolatry

Steve Hoppe

Steve Hoppe

Idolatry idolatry idolatry. That’s all your church talks about. While you admit that idolatry is a huge problem in your life, you’re sick of hearing about it. The concept has grown stale and you aren’t changing as a result. Allow Steve Hoppe to provide a different angle on the problem of idolatry while offering hope for a life of freedom now and for eternity. Continue reading

Why I Wrote Descriptions and Prescriptions

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

What do you think when someone you know is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Or has started to take a psychoactive medication? Do you say to yourself, “Finally, he is getting the help he really needs!” Or do you feel skeptical about either the diagnosis or the solution (or both), and wonder if what the person really needs is simply to trust in Jesus more? It doesn’t take too many conversations in the church to realize that there are widely divergent views regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 026 – Tim Allchin

The BCC

The BCC

This week’s episode of 15:14 is an interview with Dr. Tim Allchin. Dr. Allchin shares about the ministry of the Biblical Counseling Center which has been offering biblical counseling training since 1989. Dr. Allchin also discusses the experience of pursuing a doctor of ministry degree in biblical counseling.  Continue reading

Remembering the Attributes of God in Counseling

Sean Gould

Sean Gould

When I was in college, God used a number of means to help me grow as a young Christian. I was thankful to be part of a healthy church that preached God’s Word, I had many relationships with other Christian brothers and sisters that encouraged me forward, and I also came in contact with a good number of solid books which deepened my understanding of God and His ways. Perhaps the most impacting books I read in my early Christian years were books on the attributes of God. Charnock, Tozer, Packer, and Pink were all wise friends who gave me a fuller and more majestic view of God through their writings. Continue reading

After Darkness, Light: Christians and Counseling in the Twenty-First Century

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

I fear that after more than a century of the influence of secular therapy, the Christian witness to the grace of Jesus Christ has been diluted in the crucial ministry of counseling. Luther intended his Theses to spark a debate that the faithful needed to have about how the good news of Jesus Christ related to a critical area of church practice. My intent is similar in offering these 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling. I believe the church today must have the same kind of debate about grace with respect to counseling that Luther wanted to have in his day with respect to indulgences. Continue reading